July Update, 2016

July 1, 2016
First Crush Winery Cape Cod ~ Newsletter
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July Update, 2016

More deliveries last month than the maternity ward at CCH!

Dear COOPeratives,

I am overdue to provide a COOP update. We are in the midst of the busy summer season and the winery has been a popular destination for Cape visitors, to say the least. As an example, this past week beginning Tuesday, we had over 300 visitors requesting tastings, and if possible, tours. As I have expressed in past updates, this is the part of our winery adventure that I did not fully anticipate. Thankfully, on the weekends we now have our dear friend Anita helping out. No complaints, but I hear often lately, “be careful what you wish for”. Next year, I expect we are moving towards staffing during the busy Cape season.

So, the good news is that everyone loves our wine. WINE ALERT…, some of our wines will sell out in the August timeframe. And, since COOP members come first, if you want to stock up on extra Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé or Sangiovese, please come in and get some soon. I said to Diane recently… “what will we do when they run out of some wines mid-summer and we only have two wines for visitors to taste”? She said… “Put a sign on the door, closed for the season”! As a reminder to new COOP members, when you purchase extra wine beyond your reserve amount, you purchase that extra wine at your discounted reserve rate.

Meanwhile, our two big reds are also depleting rapidly. The 2013 cab blend is now sold out, and I have less than 20 cases of the 2013 zin blend remaining. The good news, we have plenty of 2014 of both. I will start bottling our 2015 cab and zin in August.

Quiz Question: What is the medical condition contracted when you have a fear of
running out of wine?
Answer: At the end of this update…
2015-16 COOP Reserve Fulfillment…

As soon as I have bottled some of our still oak aging 2015 reds, COOP members should consider picking up their wine to fulfill their COOP reserve. My next COOP update will confirm when this will be possible, but figure Mid-August. FYI… When our grower Ron Lanza visited us in May, he tasted our new wines and he thinks they are the best we have produced to date. To clarify for our many new COOP members, the COOP date is the date the grapes were grown (2015) and the date they were bottled (2016). Thus, our next COOP reserve season, beginning this August, will be 2016-17.

2016-17 Reserve…

When you pick up your 2015-16 reserve in the near future, it is so helpful if you consider placing your deposit for the 2016-17 reserve at that time. As in the past, when you do so early in the season, I will provide a bonus incentive as a thank you for your early participation. For a limited time, you will receive 2 bonus bottles of 2014 visZinary and a first crush logo corkscrew. Please note… there are no planned pricing increases for COOP reserves for 2016-17 despite higher pricing for grape this year and everything else procured to make our wines. To date, we have kept our COOP pricing the same since we started.

Retail Bottle Pricing…

We are now selling our Fusion cab blend at $25.00 per bottle to the retail public, $20.00 for our visZinary zin blend, and a full cases at $250.00. COOP members reserving two cases save $10.00 per bottle on the cab, $5.00 on the zin, and at least $70.00 savings on a case. A COOP reserve of more than two cases saves even more. The notoriety and popularity of First Crush wines are growing rapidly, and as a result, we are finding that more and more new members are coming on board joining our unique COOP.

Our Next Harvest Social…

Save the date: Saturday, September 10th, 4-6pm.
Quiz Question Answer: Novinophobia
Cheers,
Frank

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First Crush Winery ~ Cape Cod
Dr. Frank D. Puzio, Winemaker
Winery: 527 Main Street, Harwich MA 02645 (Tours by Appointment Only)
Business Office: 83 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02675.
phone: 508-362-2423 or cell: 508-737-6867
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First Crush Winery Cape Cod ~ Newsletter
Fostering friendship, learning
and the mutual enjoyment of fine wines
First Crush Logo

July Update, 2016

More deliveries last month than the maternity ward at CCH!

Dear COOPeratives,

I am overdue to provide a COOP update. We are in the midst of the busy summer season and the winery has been a popular destination for Cape visitors, to say the least. As an example, this past week beginning Tuesday, we had over 300 visitors requesting tastings, and if possible, tours. As I have expressed in past updates, this is the part of our winery adventure that I did not fully anticipate. Thankfully, on the weekends we now have our dear friend Anita helping out. No complaints, but I hear often lately, “be careful what you wish for”. Next year, I expect we are moving towards staffing during the busy Cape season.

So, the good news is that everyone loves our wine. WINE ALERT…, some of our wines will sell out in the August timeframe. And, since COOP members come first, if you want to stock up on extra Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé or Sangiovese, please come in and get some soon. I said to Diane recently… “what will we do when they run out of some wines mid-summer and we only have two wines for visitors to taste”? She said… “Put a sign on the door, closed for the season”! As a reminder to new COOP members, when you purchase extra wine beyond your reserve amount, you purchase that extra wine at your discounted reserve rate.

Meanwhile, our two big reds are also depleting rapidly. The 2013 cab blend is now sold out, and I have less than 20 cases of the 2013 zin blend remaining. The good news, we have plenty of 2014 of both. I will start bottling our 2015 cab and zin in August.

Quiz Question: What is the medical condition contracted when you have a fear of
running out of wine?
Answer: At the end of this update…
2015-16 COOP Reserve Fulfillment…

As soon as I have bottled some of our still oak aging 2015 reds, COOP members should consider picking up their wine to fulfill their COOP reserve. My next COOP update will confirm when this will be possible, but figure Mid-August. FYI… When our grower Ron Lanza visited us in May, he tasted our new wines and he thinks they are the best we have produced to date. To clarify for our many new COOP members, the COOP date is the date the grapes were grown (2015) and the date they were bottled (2016). Thus, our next COOP reserve season, beginning this August, will be 2016-17.

2016-17 Reserve…

When you pick up your 2015-16 reserve in the near future, it is so helpful if you consider placing your deposit for the 2016-17 reserve at that time. As in the past, when you do so early in the season, I will provide a bonus incentive as a thank you for your early participation. For a limited time, you will receive 2 bonus bottles of 2014 visZinary and a first crush logo corkscrew. Please note… there are no planned pricing increases for COOP reserves for 2016-17 despite higher pricing for grape this year and everything else procured to make our wines. To date, we have kept our COOP pricing the same since we started.

Retail Bottle Pricing…

We are now selling our Fusion cab blend at $25.00 per bottle to the retail public, $20.00 for our visZinary zin blend, and a full cases at $250.00. COOP members reserving two cases save $10.00 per bottle on the cab, $5.00 on the zin, and at least $70.00 savings on a case. A COOP reserve of more than two cases saves even more. The notoriety and popularity of First Crush wines are growing rapidly, and as a result, we are finding that more and more new members are coming on board joining our unique COOP.

Our Next Harvest Social…

Save the date: Saturday, September 10th, 4-6pm.
Quiz Question Answer: Novinophobia
Cheers,
Frank

Contact Information
First Crush Winery ~ Cape Cod
Dr. Frank D. Puzio, Winemaker
Winery: 527 Main Street, Harwich MA 02645 (Tours by Appointment Only)
Business Office: 83 Thacher Shore Road, Yarmouthport, MA 02675.
phone: 508-362-2423 or cell: 508-737-6867
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